Jazz this week in Bristol, and beyond… Sep 20

And…    it gets busier. More to choose from than usual in Bristol in the next week or so, and a couple of tempting offerings not too far away, one in Cardiff, one in Bradford on Avon.

Bristol starts busy at the weekend, with Moscow Drug Club playing a date at the Alma (in the Theatre upstairs, not the bar) on Saturday night. Then on Sunday the Johnny Bruce- Denny Illett quintet are at the Canteen in the afternoon, with a session where Emily Wright and the Royals play for Bristol Swing Dancers (and anyone else who facies it) down at No 1 Harbourside a little later. They do have a new recording, too, but word is it may not be quite ready on Sunday. You know how it is…

Then on Tuesday there is a startlingly good band making their only out of London foray at Dempsey’s in Cardiff. It’s one of bassist Michael Janisch‘s many projects, a quintet called City of Poets led by French pianist Cedric Hanriot. The rest of the band, who have had a short tour in the US and are recording live at the Pizza Express in London on Monday for Janisch’s label, are US heavyweights, trumpeter Jason Palmer, drummer Clarence Penn and the world class saxophonist Donny McAslin, often seen with Dave Douglas.

On the other hand, Tuesday also sees a surprise session at the Fringe in Clifton – almost but not quite the last one before Jon Taylor’s enterprising gigs move to the Mall nearby – featuring ace guitarist Tony Remy. And Lulo Reinhardt offers guitar in the style that name calls to mind at Colston Hall‘s Lantern.

Thursday has hard choices. James Morton, on blistering form last week, leads his regular Thursday night session at the Gallimaufry on Gloucester Road. Bassist Tim Thornton‘s quartet are at the Coronation Tap with another great alto player, James Gardiner-Batemen. Johnny Bruce revisits the trumpet kings in the final Thursday Session at the current venue the at the Fringe, and ace guitarist Jerry Crozier-Cole is at Future Inns, with John Paul Gard on piano, Will Harris, bass and Eddie Johns, drums.

Friday at the Be-Bop Club features the fine local quartet Freight: Martin Jenkins, piano, Craig Crofton, sax, Greg Cordez, bass and Matt Brown, drums. Polar Bear are in Cardiff at the RWCMD that evening, incidentally.

Then next Saturday promises a special night at the lovely Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford-on-Avon. They have had the excellent idea to give SW resident Jason Rebello a residency, and his first date features Empirical, the all star quartet that is Nathaniel Facey, sax, Lewis Wright, vibes, Shaney Forbes, drums and Tom Farmer bass.

And since I’ve got to next weekend, also worth mentioning that the “literary music festival” Off The Page comes to the Arnolfini from Fri 26th- Sunday 28th, and looks well worth checking out. And on Sunday 26th, Ian Storror is presenting the Cloudmakers Trio at the Hen and Chicken – with the indefatigable (we trust) Michael Janisch heading out West again…

So if you make a fair proportion of these, there is basically a decent jazz festival’s worth of music to enjoy over the next ten days. Wishing good audiences all round…




1 Comment

  1. Monday 29th September at 8:30pm

    Special guests Nick Malcolm, trumpet, and Hannah Marshall, cello
    With regulars Paul Anstey, double bass, and Bob Helson, drums
    Free admission with retiring collection

    For further details please see us on Facebook :

    Improvised music at the Bristol Fringe Cafe
    32 Princess Victoria Street, Clifton Village, Bristol BS8 4BZ

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